Once you have determined that you are not so sick that you need a doctor or God forbid an emergency room, there isn’t that much you can do to treat your food poisoning. It is too late for prevention, obviously, so you have to just try and make yourself as comfy as possible and do whatever you can do to help your body battle and eliminate the invading bacteria. Here are some tips about how to treat food poisoning at home.
How to Treat Food Poisoning at Home – two most important steps
1. Prevent dehydration (which is a deadly condition in and of itself)
2. Take care of yourself and rest
This short article from Mayoclinic.com tells us:
Food poisoning often improves on it’s own within 48 hours. To help keep yourself more comfortable and prevent dehydration while you recover, try the following:
• Let your stomach settle. Stop eating and drinking for a few hours.
• Try sucking on ice chips or taking small sips of water. You might also try drinking clear soda, such as 7UP or Sprite; clear broths; or non-caffeinated sports drinks, such as Gatorade. Affected adults should try to drink at least eight to 16 glasses of liquid every day, taking small, frequent sips. You’ll know that you’re getting enough fluid when you’re urinating normally, and your urine is clear and not dark.
• Ease back into eating. Gradually begin to eat bland, easy-to-digest foods, such as soda crackers, toast, gelatin, bananas and rice. Stop eating if your nausea returns.
• Avoid certain foods and substances until you’re feeling better. These include dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and fatty or highly seasoned foods.
• Get plenty of rest. The illness and dehydration may have made you weak and tired.
• Don’t use anti-diarrheal medications. Drugs intended to treat diarrhea, such as loperamide (Imodium, others) and diphenoxylate with atropine (Lomotil, Lonox), may slow elimination of bacteria or toxins from your system and can make your condition worse.
Some would say to avoid sugary drinks like soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks in favor of clear fluids such as water and no sugar added fruit juice watered down. Herbal teas could also be very helpful. As a kid my Mom always served me warm Ginger Ale and salted crackers when I was sick with vomiting. That little bit of sugar was kind of uplifting frankly. So don’t be too rigid, just be careful!
Tried and true health food for all that ails us is homemade chicken soup, or fish soup. Not that you are up to cooking, but if you could convince someone else to cook for you, try a nutritious, clear soup with just a little bit of solid carrots or potato or something bland like that!
Vomiting, or throwing up, is a needed activity no matter how unpleasant, to get the bacteria that’s still in your stomach out of your stomach. Same principal is true in the case of diarrhea. It’s your body battling the bacteria and toxins after they have moved past your stomach into your digestive tract.
Marissa Wilson’s eHow Article ‘How to Use Home Remedies to Treat Food Poisoning’ offers a recipe for a soothing drink that will help you stay hydrated while replenishing nutrients and electrolytes lost to vomiting and diarrhea. She also throws in a relaxing herbal tea recipe:
Soothing Drink: Mix some fruit juice (for potassium), a little bit of honey or corn syrup, and a pinch of salt to help flush your system out. You can use this mixture instead of or with Gatorade to flush out your system and retain important electrolytes.
Soothing Herbal Tea: Drink an herbal tea mixture of mint, blackberry, chamomile and raspberry. Sip it slowly. This will help you relax and ease the pain of the cramps.
Marissa’s Takeaway about How to Treat Food Poisoning at Home:
- After the food poison is gone and you feel better, you will be ready for some good food. However, you should go easy on your stomach and eat light foods or bland foods.
- Don’t make yourself vomit. Vomiting is a good way to get rid of the bacteria from the food poisoning but you do not want to force yourself to vomit. Let it happen naturally.
- Consult your doctor or go to the emergency room if your symptoms are severe and are not easing up after trying home remedies.